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Construction to Block Part of Heights Road Early in Week, Expect Slow Driving Through Detour Lanes

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On Monday July 13 and Tuesday July 14  (and, if needed, July 15), Heights Road in downtown Noroton Heights will be closed due to construction in the area of No. 40 (the building where the Citibank branch is located). — an announcement from Darien Police Department
This closure will be in effect between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Westbound traveling vehicles on Heights Rd. will be detoured through the Noroton Heights Train Station parking lot.  Eastbound traveling vehicles on Heights Road will be detoured north on Edgerton Street to West Avenue. Vehicles will be able access all of the open parts of Heights Road and area businesses.

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Police: Driver, 53, Who Hit Vehicle From Behind, Was Too Intoxicated Stand Without Support

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The driver who caused a two-vehicle accident on Saturday, June 25 was too drunk to stand up without supporting himself against his own car, according to police. Darien police gave this account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

Scott Tracey, then 53, was driving either on the Post Road near Bertucci’s restaurant at 54 Post Road or in the restaurant parking lot (the announcement didn’t specify) and following a vehicle in front of him too closely when his vehicle struck the other one. When the officer who went to the scene asked Tracey for his insurance card, the driver couldn’t find it. Police determined that Tracey’s vehicle registration had been suspended due to lack of insurance. The driver of the other vehicle told the officer that Tracey might be intoxicated “due to his actions after the impact,” according to the announcement, which didn’t provide details about those actions.

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Police: Darien Man, 29, Struggling with Drug Addiction, Forges Checks, Buys Heroin

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Kevin Grant, 29, was arrested April 27 in Norwich on charges of violating the conditions of his release from custody, perhaps because he was in possession of marijuana. Darien police say he went into a rehabilitation program, got out and recently was staying at his former home in Darien. A condition for his staying at home at Shady Lane was that no narcotics were brought in, but on May 26, a complainant told police that when she was cleaning she’d found bags that she suspected had heroin residue in them. Police confirmed that. She also found $750 in forged checks, police said.

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Governor Bans State Police From Using Chokeholds, Mandates Other Changes for State Police

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Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced that he has signed an executive order taking several actions to modernize police strategies and programs in Connecticut amid an ongoing national conversation on accountability and transparency in law enforcement strategies. — an announcement from the Governor’s Office

The governor’s order:

Bans the Connecticut State Police from using chokeholds, strangleholds, arm-bar control holds, lateral vascular neck restraints, carotid restraints, chest compressions, or any other tactics that restrict oxygen or blood flow to the head or neck. Requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) to review the Connecticut State Police Administrative and Operations Manual and update it to include the following requirements and prohibitions:

Require troopers to de-escalate situations, when possible, before using force;
Require troopers to provide a verbal warning, when possible, before using deadly force;
Require troopers to exhaust all other reasonable alternatives before resorting to deadly force;
Require troopers to intervene to stop another law enforcement officer from using excessive force, and to report any such use to a supervisor in writing;
Prohibit troopers from shooting at or into moving vehicles unless the occupants of the vehicle pose a deadly threat by means other than the vehicle;
Include a use-of-force matrix; and
Require troopers to report all uses of force, including drawing a firearm on another civilian. Requires DESPP to appoint and train community trust liaisons in each Connecticut State Police Troop and instruct them to assist those troops in building relationships with residents and community-based organizations, learning from those residents and organizations about how to better serve their communities, and making it easier for those residents and organizations to communicate with the State Police. Prohibits DESPP from purchasing or otherwise acquiring military and military-style equipment from the federal government until further notice.

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Coyote Bites Woman in New Canaan Park: Walkers Warned To Be Wary in Waveny

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New Canaan Police are urging Waveny Park visitors to avoid trails and areas of tall grass Thursday after a coyote bit a woman taking a morning walk there with her dog. — an article from NewCanaanite.com. At about 6:30 a.m., a woman was bit in the backside by a coyote near the walled garden east of Waveny House, according to police. Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, said it’s unclear at this point whether the coyote is sick or was exhibiting “escorting” behavior while denning. “If it’s a den situation, I’m not sure where it is,” Halm said.

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Police: Man, Woman Caught Stealing Makeup from Darien Drug Store

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A 32-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were found with $1,800 in stolen makeup, and a police officer saw the man put one item in his sweater on Friday, June 5 at the CVS store downtown, police said. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:

Police were told at 7:49 a.m. that the theft was happening, and officers went to the store at 964 Post Road. That’s where one officer saw the man, Stephen Panagatos of Hauppauge, Long Island, put an item in his sweater. When the pair noticed the officers, Panagatos dropped a bag that had been over his shoulder. He told police that he had intended to put the items back.

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On Two Nights, Different Car Theft Groups in Darien: Teens Found and Charged in One, Car Stolen in Another

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Two Norwalk teenagers admitted they were trying to steal a car in Darien when police caught them on Wednesday, June 3, and on Saturday to Sunday, June 7, a vehicle was stolen and later found in Hartford, police said. On each of the nights, unlocked cars were targeted, and multiple vehicles were entered, Darien police said. Also on each of those nights: Home security cameras showed people creeping around at about 3 a.m. In the stolen-car incident, that didn’t stop a resident at the same address from leaving car unlocked. The cars entered were at locations including streets well off the main roads in town and had one main thing in common — their owners had left them unlocked, and in at least one case, with the key or key fob inside. Here are the details, as provided by Darien police (including accusations not proven in court):
THE 3 CASES TUESDAY TO WEDNESDAY
Teens Charged
At 2:54 a.m., a security camera at a home on Littlebrook Road picked up two males running up the driveway near a parked vehicle.

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SIDEBAR: Three Speeches from Sunday’s Black Live’s Matter March

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These were three speeches given before or after at Sunday’s Black Lives Matter march through Darien. You can find quotes from them and other speeches in this related article, but these full texts may add to further understanding the event:

Editor’s note: These statements were recorded, although occasionally [as noted within brackets] some of the words couldn’t be heard. PJ’s Speech
One speaker, identified only as “PJ,”:

I moved here 22 years ago with my family. I’m very proud of my children, very proud of their voice, and I want to add something to their voice. I want to add something to this town that I love, this town that I grew up in, this town I live in, this town that I work in, this town where my friends are, and everything.

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Several Hundred March in ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest Through Downtown on Sunday

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After a brief rally in the Trader Joe’s parking lot on Sunday afternoon, several hundred people decrying racism and police brutality in recent deaths marched to Darien Police Headquarters in a peaceful demonstration. Starting at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s, the 1.6 mile march lasted until about 2:20 p.m.

“How many more lives have to be lost in order for change to go into effect?” one of the organizers, Max Johns, told the crowd of 300 to 400. He was shaking as he spoke. “How many more times must we wake up and see people of color marginalized, beaten, arrested and killed?

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DHS Principal: Here Are Resources for High School Students on Racism and Police Violence

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With many high school students concerned about the recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and dramatic events sparked by it, Darien High School sent an email Thursday morning to parents with web links to information geared toward students on racism and police violence. SEE ALSO: DHS Principal’s Recommended Source for Reading About Racism Denounced on National Fox News Show (June 6)

DHS Principal Ellen Dunn sent the email. Among the resources it points to are several that her message emphasized, including links to:

— an interview with “a clinical psychologist at the University [of Pennsylvania] studying racial literacy and racial trauma”

— a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has detailed materials for educators and families on teaching about race, racism, and police violence

— three links to Web pages with information “for educators in how we can proactively help children think about and process these difficult ideas” from the National Association for School Psychologists, which was being used by the school district for guidance in addressing the topics with students. 

“As events unfold around the country, the Darien Public School District joins other organizations and individuals in the call to action to address and end systemic racism. […]
“As a District, we are sharing resources with the community that will guide our work moving forward in the race conscious education of our students and support your discussions as families.” […]
“Engaging in difficult conversations is a critical step in fostering acceptance and embracing differences.

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Police: Arguing Couple Reported to Cops, Who Find Man in Violation of No-Contact Order

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When a third party complained to police about a man and woman arguing in a parked vehicle at 12 noon on Saturday, police said, they found the man had been issued a legal order forbidding him to have any contact with the woman. The couple had been in an argument on Interstate 95 and had exited the highway to park and continue the argument, police said. They parked at 97 Noroton Ave., on the corner of Noroton Avenue and Maple Street. The man, 22, of Bridgeport, was arrested on a charge of violating a protective order. He was released on a promise to appear Monday, June 1 in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.

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Bank Cards Stolen from Unlocked SUV on Hollow Tree Ridge Road

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Sometime between 6 and 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28, various bank cards and $50 in cash were stolen from an SUV outside a home at 157 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, police said. According to police:

The owner told police that her 2007 Honda Element was unlocked when it was entered, and that the bank cards and cash were in card holder that also held her driver’s license. When she reported the theft to police at 7 p.m., she said there hadn’t been any activity on her cards and that they had all been frozen. Recent Similar Reports

Three Unlocked Cars Entered on Patton Drive on Same Night Last Week (May 28)
Four Vehicles Entered Overnight on Edgerton St, Hollow Tree Ridge Rd, Thief Gets Wallet from One (May 21)
Three SUVs Entered Overnight, May 4 to 5 on Hillcrest Ave, Miller Road (May 12)

Both a Car and an SUV Stolen on Same Night in Different Parts of Town (May 7)